Monday, March 17, 2014

Package Quest - Recycling Snapshots

Some of these Mom's Best cereals were on sale this week at King Soopers. They are really yummy, too! I like the ones that are just like Frosted Mini Wheats and Honey Bunches of Oats. 

Share pics of your products that have recycled packaging! Thanks!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Plastic Bottles Make Me Feel Like I'm Drowning in a Foam Pit!

Why do I even buy plastic bottles? Ugh.  How can I stop this bad habit?

  • Stop drinking Dr. Pepper. :(
  • Use milk delivery service. :)
  • Use a refillable bottle for other beverages.  
  • Buy bigger bottles, not individual ones if I have to buy that type of liquid at all. 
  • Choose a product that comes in glass bottles. Very difficult to find at 'regular' grocery store.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

How do you stir your coffee?

How many stirrers does your office go through in a day? a week?

I take out a real spoon at work to stir the coffee and leave it out, hoping others won't mind sharing. What do you think?

Give me some stats on wooden stirrers, plastic stirrers, and other types of stirrers out there, in terms of cost, harm to the environment, etc. Thanks!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Recycled Paint

Recycle your paint and get newly recycled paint for your next project!

Green Sheen Recycled Paint

1281 W. Dartmouth, Englewood, Colorado

(check your city for this type of facility!)

  • There is a recycling fee of 30 cents per pound for the weight of the remaining paint and can.

  • They accept latex paints, stains, and clear finishes only. They must be in their original cans.

  • You can get "new" recycled paint from them or from your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a great cost!    You can paint your house for about $200.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Find your way out of that enormous pile of electronics! (Recycle@BestBuy)

Everywhere I look, I see cords, connections, TVs, VCRs, and other devices that aren't being used or don't work. 

Most states have new laws saying that you cannot just put these items in the trash, so various companies will take them for refurbishing or reuse, but I've found that the Best Buy Recycling Program is so easy and helps speed up the process of de-cluttering.

Check it out for yourself: Best Buy Recycles Electronics

The list will vary state by state, so check their website, but you can take most items up to the customer service counter and they will give you a receipt. To make drop-off of small items even easier, there are bins just inside the door for certain items. 

Watch the video to see the process your items will go through. 

No charge. 

In some cases you can arrange for very large items to be picked up.  

Monday, December 23, 2013

Home Depot Recycles Christmas lights, CFLs & Power Tool Batteries

Now that you've sorted through your Christmas lights for the year or upgraded to more energy efficient bulbs, one option is to take the lights you don't want any longer to a local Home Depot for recycling. Their Trade-In program runs from approx Nov. 7 to Nov. 17, if you want to get LED lights instead. If you just need a recycling option, they accept old incandescent strings until Dec. 20. If you missed the chance this year, make a note for yourself and take them in next year. 

Also, just inside the door, look for the orange recycle bins to deposit your used CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs) and/or Rechargeable Batteries from your Power Tools.  

Their Eco Options Program helps customers choose products that will impact the environment the least. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ink and Toner Cartridge Recycling (Part I - Office Depot)

Most office supply stores will accept ink and toner cartridges to be recycled. Each one has a different system of rewards or credit. Some give you instant credit towards your purchase while others give you credit you have to accumulate. You may also have a minimum purchase or points required to actually be able to use your credit in the future. 
Of course the credit is nice, but I am especially glad to have a place to take the ink cartridges I no longer need.

Office Depot Offers Buy Green Products

  • At Office Depot, you can bring in your cartridges or order a FREE shipping box with a FREE prepaid shipping label to fill with toner cartridges at your school or office: 

  • They also have a school program that will give the school credit for ink cartridges and small electronics, plus FREE shipping:

  • Individuals bringing in their cartridges earn $2 back in rewards for every ink and toner cartridge when they've spent $30 on ink and toner over the past 180 days. Base members can receive credit for up to 10 cartridges per month. Plus and Premium members can receive credit for up to 20 cartridges per month. 

*Check back for more details about what happens to your cartridges after you recycle them and for details on recycling programs at other stores and locations.*